I’ve always loved handwork of all kinds, especially quilting and beading. My family has some old beadwork that I never realized held clues to our heritage. After seeing similar pieces, I realized the beadwork pieces I had were carrying a message about who my ancestors were. Amazing sometimes the clues we miss.
There’s a great blog about Iroquois, Wabanaki and Penobscot handwork, in particular, beadwork, and heritage.
The person who write this blog, Gerry Biron, has also written books and articles on the subject – http://www.gerrybiron.com/pages/publications.html
Here’s their website – http://www.gerrybiron.com/